After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn’t like about Barton’s 5‑year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.
By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex—who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism—out of the class.
The teacher, Wendy Portillo ([email protected]), has acknowledged that the incident happened. She had been participating in the child’s IEP team since February, so she knew that Alex was being evaluated for a disability.
There isn’t any excuse for any adult treating any child that way, but for a teacher to encourage children to ostracize a disabled child? That’s even worse.
The school district has refused to fire Portillo but claims that she has been moved to non-classroom duties. That isn’t nearly enough.